5 biggest non-injury fantasy football busts of 2017
Discounting injuries, there were some fantasy football busts this year. We count down the top five.
The 2017 fantasy football season is officially ending on the final day of the year. Just like every year, injuries played a huge part. David Johnson was the first overall pick in the majority of the leagues, and he only had 11 rushing attempts before he went down with a season-ending injury.
Many players like Odell Beckham Jr and Jordan Reed had shortened seasons, while others like Jordy Nelson suffered from starting quarterbacks getting injured. Even without injuries, just like every year, there were some high picks that unfortunately did not turn out the way that fantasy owners had hoped.
Only taking players into account who played in at least ten games, and not counting those who suffered from big quarterback injuries (looking at you, Jordy Nelson), here are the five biggest fantasy football busts of 2017. Because most fantasy leagues do not count week 17, all statistics and opinions will reflect the first 16 weeks of the season:
#5 Dez Bryant
After a down-year in 2016, many viewed Bryant as a logical bounce-back candidate. Dak Prescott had one full season under his belt, and he was expected to have more chemistry with Bryant this season. Additionally, it was widely known that Ezekiel Elliott would likely be suspended for six games, which means that the Cowboys would have to lean more on Bryant.
However, Bryant was consistently.....mediocre. A second-round pick in most leagues, Bryant hauled in six touchdowns, and he failed to eclipse 100 yards in any single game this season. It seems like the best statistical years could be behind Bryant, and the Cowboys run-heavy offense seems like he may be a main reason behind that.